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'Sausage Party": Food Orgy
Contemplating "Sausage Party," an R-rated, animated food orgy in more ways than one, I'm reminded of what a fellow journalist once opined at a block party: "You know what's wrong with you film critics? You see so many movies that when you chance upon something different, you just go crazy." Thus, I'm proud
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Berkshires Beat: Adams Alert Hose Brings Home Awards
Trio of honors: The Alert Hose Co #1 of Adams attended the Bennington Battle Days parade on Aug. 14, in which members pulled their infamous parade cart, which was built in 1885.   The department is well known for wearing their Prince Albert- style buff and white uniforms. This rare uniform style has been preserved by the company
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The Mountís Writers-in-Residence Program Application Deadline Nears
LENOX, Mass. — The 2016 Edith Wharton Writers-in-Residence, a two- to three-week residency offering writers the opportunity to work and create in the house Wharton built as a writer’s retreat, will accept applications through Sept. 2. The program is open to writers of demonstrated accomplishment who are currently working on a
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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 26-Sept. 1
VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR       August 26 - September 1, 2016 SAT Annual Craft & Tag Sale at Arrowhead   The Berkshire County Historical Society will host its annual Craft and Tag Sale at Herman Melville's Arrowhead from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fine crafts and gently used household goods will be spread out under the big trees on the south lawn.  Regular house tours will be offered at the usual schedule and prices. The museum shop will be well-stocked with books, t-shirts, and gifts.     MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE FRIDAY Whiskey Treaty Roadshow at Bousquet     Shire Mountain Ramble presents a concert with popular local band Whiskey Treaty Roadshow and very special guest Annie Guthrie. Bousquet Ski Area, 101 Dan Fox Drive. 9 p.m. Plus...  FRI Wrestling Under The Stars at Wahconah Park | FRI Brad Byrd at Mission | FRI Blue Light Trio at Rainbow | SAT Shepards Crossing Birthday Bash at The A | SAT David Bartley Sings Blue Jazz at Rainbow | SUN-MON The Marcy and Zina Show at Barrington Stage | TUE Beer Club Meeting & Flight Night at Rainbow | WED Gruppo Mondo at Rainbow | THU Opening Night of The BOOM Room at Crawford Square    FAMILY FRIENDLY THU Exploring Post Open House at Berkshire Humane Berkshire Humane Society, at 214 Barker Road, invites you to find out more about this program for youths ages 14-20. There will be hands-on stations and information on how to join this fun and interactive program. The Explorer's Post is part of the Learning for Life program of the Boy Scouts of America and is open to all youth interested in animals and animal care. 6-7 p.m.   Plus...  ONGOING The Berkshire Carousel | SAT FUNDation Breakdancing Competition Fundraiser at The Funk Box Dance Studio | SAT Kitchen Ka-Boom! at Berkshire Museum | TUE WeeMuse: Littlest Learners at Berkshire Museum    WELLNESS SUN Dash and Splash Run at The Common    Dash and Splash  will feature an all-new course this year! This wet and fun run begins at 9 a.m. at the First Street Common. The first 100 registered runners will receive a technical shirt. This criterium-style running course will consist of 6 laps of approximately .5 mile each (just under 3 miles total) and there will be three water obstacles each lap, so you will get wet! Plus...  TUE Chair Yoga with Robin Seeley at Knesset Israel | WED Let Your Yoga Dance for Parkinson's begins at Berkshire Yoga, Dance & Fitness   GET CREATIVE THU Paint "Cardinal Birdbath" at Zen's Pub   Paint "Cardinal Birdbath" with Berkshire Paint & Sip at Zen's Pub, 303 Tyler Street. $30 per person. All materials included. Cash bar. 6:30-8:30 p.m.    PERFORMANCE SAT+ Madama Butterfly at The Colonial Theatre Join Berkshire Opera Festival as they launch their inaugural season with a new production of Puccini's masterpiece Madama Butterfly. This timeless love story, featuring heartbreakingly beautiful music sung by a world-class cast and played by a full orchestra, will be performed at the Colonial Theatre on Saturday, Aug. 27, Tuesday, Aug. 30 and Friday, Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m.   Madama Butterfly tells the story of a young geisha who has just married an American naval officer. Her love for him is enormous, but when he returns to America, he marries another woman. She clings to the hope that he will return, but soon must face the truth of his betrayal. August 27, 6:30-7 p.m.:  Opera talk about Madama Butterfly, presented by Cori Ellison, dramaturg of Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Free for all ticket holders.  Plus...  ONGOING Tribes at Barrington Stage | ONGOING Broadway Bounty Hunter at Barrington Stage | SUN Staged Reading of Wedding Secrets II, Samantha's Turn at The Whit | WED Audtions for the Staged Reading of Flowers for Algernon  at The Whit   COMMUNITY FRI Free Fun Friday at Berkshire Museum Explore the Berkshire Museum's galleries and aquarium for free all day long! For the eighth consecutive year, the Highland Street Foundation's "Free Fun Fridays," a summer program that provides no cost admission to 70 cultural institutions throughout Massachusetts, will provide free entry from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Plus...  SAT Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market | SAT All-day Birthday Celebration at Dottie's Coffee Lounge | SAT Marilyn Miller at Berkshire Carousel | SAT Coffee for Kids Place at Dottie's Coffee Lounge | MON RSVP Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Berkshire Athenaeum | THU Shoes For Paws begins at Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter   LEARN SAT Senator Elizabeth Warren Presentation at BCC Senator Elizabeth Warren will make a new presentation on how the playing field got tilted against America's middle class, and what we can do to fight back. She will be debuting this talk at Berkshire Community College's Robert Boland Theatre beginning at 11:30 a.m. Doors will open at 11 a.m. and seating is first come, first served. Plus...  SUN Howard Dean at Anshe Amunim | MON The Process of Aging with Therapist Maggie Bittman at Knesset Israel | MON Brexit and Turkey at Knesset Israel | THU Where Have All The Small Stores Gone? at Knesset Israel   FILM My Love, Don't Cross That River  at The Little Cinema Filmmaker Moyoung Jin follows a couple in South Korea who share intimate moments as they face the final moments of their 76-year marriage.    Click here for more information.   Plus...  ONGOING See What's New at The Beacon Cinema What's Showing at The Licht Pittsfield's city-owned community arts center, the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, features nine working artist studios, a ceramics studio, a community room and an art gallery with changing exhibitions, classes, performances + more!  28 Renne Ave. | Wed-Sat, 11-4   Jazz Visions Now - August 27   This exhibit features jazz performances depicted through watercolor paintings by Marguerite Bride and photography by Lee Everett. Coming in September: The Mastheads Construction Exhibit and Kickoff   This exhibit will showcase the final designs of five writing studios that will be constructed in Pittsfield in 2017 as the backbone of a new writers' residency program in the city.  The Mastheads project recognizes Pittsfield's legacy of writers of the American Renaissance, including Melville, Hawthorne, Thoreau, Longfellow, and Oliver Wendell Holmes, while providing a platform for new voices to engage with the contemporary city through the written word.  This exhibition will focus on the innovative construction techniques of the writing studios, which will be composed of panelized cross-laminated timber, such that they can be re-installed each summer to appear at new sites across the city for years to come.  The studios and exhibition are designed by architects Chris Parkinson and Tessa Kelly. The exhibition runs September 2 (opens during First Fridays Artswalk) through October 1 with the opening reception  taking place Friday, September 23 at 6 pm. VIEW FULL CALENDAR     STAY CONNECTED           Cultural Pittsfield is now on Instagram!  
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Glow Ball Mini Golf Fundraiser For Special Olympics Planned For Sept.
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — A new fundraiser for the Special Olympics is teeing off next month.   Market 32 and Baker's Golf have teamed up to put on a special glow ball night with the benefits going to the Law Enforcement Torch Run, which will supply Special Olympic athletes from Berkshire County with equipment, uniforms, and
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Baker Highlights Craft Industry With Trip to Berkshire Mountain Distillers
The governor bellies up to the bar to become the first customer to purchase a cocktail from the distillery — thanks to new legislation making that possible. SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Twelve years ago Chris Weld had grown tired of his work in emergency rooms. So, he moved back to Massachusetts and bought an apple
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Passenger Killed When Sedan Flips in Lenox Downtown
LENOX, Mass. — An elderly woman from the state of Florida was killed Wednesday afternoon after the car she was riding in collided three other vehicles, traveled through the Walker and Main street intersection and flipped over to land on the lawn of Adams Community Bank. Nancy Goessel, 88, of Naples, Fla., was extricated using a Jaws
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End of Session Review: Benjamin Downing
Senator Downing at the governor's signing of the energy diversity bill earlier this month in Boston. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Benjamin Downing is happy with the state's new energy bill but feels it doesn't go far enough.   Just before the July 31 end of the formal legislative session, the
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Centennial Hikes Across Massachusetts Celebrate 100th Anniversary of National Park Service
BOSTON — The Department of Conservation and Recreation will lead park visitors on free "Centennial Hikes" at 12 parks across Massachusetts, including two in the Berkshires, on Thursday, Aug. 25, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The DCR-managed parks are part of the cherished and historic
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Driver Suffers 'Traumatic' Injuries in Pittsfield Crash With Tractor Trailer
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A collision between a pick-up truck and a tractor-trailer caused "traumatic" injuries to one driver.   Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Garner said firefighters from both Pittsfield and Dalton had to extricate the driver of a Toyota Tacoma Wednesday morning after the collision at the intersection of East
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